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PenARC Research Fellow/Snr Research Fellow/Associate Professor (Mental Health)

University of Plymouth - Faculty of Health - Peninsula Medical School

Location: Plymouth
Salary: 35,326 to £40,927 (Grade 7) or £42,149 to £50,296 (Grade 8) or £51,799 to £60,022 (Grade 9) per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 14th October 2021
Closes: 24th October 2021
Job Ref: A8028

We are seeking to appoint Research Fellow or Senior Research Fellow or Associate Professor with a particular interest in Mental Health Services research to be part of NIHR South West Peninsula ARC (PenARC).  NIHR Applied Research Collaborations (ARCs) support applied health and care research that responds to, and meets, the needs of local populations and local health and care systems. This new role links in particular to the new DHSC Mental Health Research Infrastructure initiative and will be in junction with an experienced researcher based in Exeter as well as other research leaders and practitioners. This project will involve working with local health systems in an innovative way to develop mental health research capacity in areas of high need.  The work is likely to involve:

  • Being embedded in local services
  • A focus on children’s and young peoples, as well as adult, mental health
  • Developing research bids through joint work with services

The ARCs aim to improve outcomes for patients and the public; improve the quality, delivery and efficiency of health and care services; and increase the sustainability of the health and care system both locally and nationally.  For more information about our work please visit the NIHR ARC South West Peninsula (PenARC) website:

Whilst this post is based in Plymouth, you will need to work collaboratively with diverse partners and members of the public/service users across the Peninsula.  This is a fixed term post available immediately until 30th September 2024. Part-time working and other flexible working options, including job share, will be considered across all grades.

Applicants will have skills in qualitative and quantitative research methodology, with a proven track record in mixed methods research related to health services.  A PhD or equivalent in a related subject is required, alongside a knowledge of health and social care systems in the UK.  Applicants must have a developing track record of published research at the appropriate level, and experience of Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement. If you are applying at Associate Professor level you will need to have Principal Investigator experience in terms of both attracting funding through bids and reputation as well as leading and developing a team.

For further information, please contact Richard Byng or Jo Smith  

Please indicate the level of role to which you are applying and tailor your application accordingly.  Please note however that the University reserves the right to make an offer of appointment within the range advertised, aligned with Plymouth's Academic Career Pathways, according to your knowledge, experience and skills in relation to the key accountabilities.

Closing Date: 12 Midnight, Sunday 24th October 2021

Interviews are likely to take place on the afternoon of 2nd November 2021 and you will be notified if you have been shortlisted or not.

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